Peace Marchers in Ankara: our Kith and Kin.
Istanbul Protest After Ankara Bombing.
Thousands of people, many chanting anti-government slogans, gathered in central Ankara on Sunday near the scene of bomb blasts which killed at least 95 people, mourning the victims of the most deadly attack of its kind on Turkish soil.
Two suspected suicide bombers hit a rally of pro-Kurdish and labor activists near Ankara’s main train station on Saturday, three weeks before an election, shocking a nation beset by conflict between the state and Kurdish militants.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a major presence at Saturday’s march, said police attacked its leaders and members as they tried to leave carnations earlier at the scene. Some were hurt in the melee, it said in a statement.
“Murderer (President Tayyip) Erdogan”, “murderer police”, the crowd chanted in Sihhiye square, as riot police backed by water cannon vehicles blocked a main highway leading to the district where parliament and government buildings are located.
The government denies any suggestion of involvement. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, exposing a mosaic of domestic political perils, said Islamic State, Kurdish militant factions or far-leftist radicals could have carried out the bombing.
Some have suggested militant nationalists opposed to any accommodation with Kurds seeking greater minority rights could have been responsible.
Turkish investigators worked on Sunday to identify the perpetrators and victims of the attack. Newspaper headlines reflected the mixture of grief and anger.
Demirtaş: The state has become a mafia and serial killer
HDP Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş said today’s bomb attack in Ankara came during a period of debates of an imminent ceasefire.
Speaking to reporters in Istanbul before leaving for Ankara in the wake of today’s massacre of demonstrators for peace, HDP Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş said the bomb attack came during a period of debates of an imminent ceasefire.
Demirtaş said “We are facing a state mindset that became a mafia, murderer and a serial killer.”
‘RIOT POLICE MOBILIZE INSTEAD OF AMBULANCES’
Pointing out that police forces attacked the scene with tear gas soon after the incident and hindered the access of ambulances, Demirtaş said it was not ambulances but riot police that mobilized after the massacre in the heart of the Turkish capital. “It is obvious that there is an intention to increase the number of deaths. And now representatives of the government and the Prime Minister will say ‘maintain your common sense’ in our faces, while the police forces under their command attack the wounded people. What sort of a government has this become as its police fire tear gas on the people, just like what happened in Diyarbakır? I do not know what kind of a bomb has caused this massacre but it was definitely a malicious one. A highly effective bomb was used here to ensure a high number of casualties, as was the case in Suruç and Diyarbakır. The forces behind this massacre will not be revealed either, because there is an explicit force behind it, just like in Diyarbakır and Suruç”
‘THE STATE BECAME A MAFIA AND SERIAL KILLER’
Demirtaş asked; “Is it possible for a state, whose intelligence organization is this powerful, to not have any information on this incident?, and continued; “There is a bitter situation in question. We are facing a state mindset that became a mafia, murderer and a serial killer which wants to take the society captive. We will overcome these days with the resistance of those not surrendering to persecution. Yet, we will bring those responsible to account within the scope of the law. We will not allow these incidents to go down in history as just a cruelty. We are assured that this mindset will not last forever.”
‘WE CANCELLED OUR ELECTION PROGRAM EVERYWHERE’
HDP Co-President said the party has cancelled all its election program everywhere which they cannot possible run while dozens of people have just been killed. He said they will be dealing with the casualties and manifest everywhere that they will be resisting these attacks. “Freedom and peace is much more important than elections”, he added.
Our people who said “guns should be silenced without buts and only ifs”, who organized demonstrations and hit the streets to make this demand real were attacked viciously.
Firstly, we wish God’s mercy and grace to 97 lives we lost, and send our condolences to their families and our people, and hope that hundreds of people who got wounded get better soon.
It is obvious that this attack isn’t different from the massacre in Suruc and bombings in Adana, Mersin and Diyarbakir. These are the results of the language of hatred that the political power used against the ones who worked to bring peace. This attack targeted the ones who struggle for equality, freedom and justice and remained persistent about peace and democracy. This attack is against the dissemination of the language of peace and its actual realization.
In this country, a mafia leader who is fed by the government and some state institutions can organize a demonstration in Rize and announce his commitment and support to the Palace. He states that “they will bleed in streams” and a day after people who demand peace in Ankara are murdered by bombs. Unless the political power cut their ties with these mafia organizations within the country, and global gangs like ISIS and Ahrar es Sam, we will experience these kinds of massacres.
We are sure that all the people who didn’t lose their inner conscience and pride feel the pain in their hearts. We will overcome these difficult days with their and peace activists’ solidarity and union.
We will never let these massacres buried. Those days will come that the people who instigated and planned these massacres and also the politicians who are responsible for them and actual executors of these actions would be taken to court.
HDP Central Executive Committee
10 October 2015
There were no claims of responsibility for the attack, which came as external threats mount for Nato member Turkey with increased fighting across its border with Syria and incursions by Russian warplanes on its air space over the last week.
The Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, exposing a mosaic of domestic political perils, said Islamic State, Kurdish or far-leftist militants could have carried out the bombing. Experts have said it is unlikely left-wing groups would be behind the attack.
The two blasts happened seconds apart on Saturday morning as crowds, including pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP) activists, leftists, labour unions and other civic groups, gathered for a march to protest over the deaths of hundreds since conflict resumed between security forces and the Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) in the mainly Kurdish south-east.
Hours after the bombing, the PKK as widely expected beforehand ordered its fighters to halt operations in Turkey unless they faced attack. It said it would avoid acts that could hinder a “fair and just election” on 1 November.
It was distasteful to watch the BBC reports – after lengthy items on such important things as the death of a former Minister of Margaret Thatcher.
Davutoglu’s suggestion, that the Turkish far-left has attacked…..the Turkish far left and the broad left, was given, unchallenged.
By contrast a reporter was able to parrot the government response to the following
The pro-Kurdish HDP party has blamed the state. That is undoubtedly a reference to the so-called “deep state” often talked about here: a shady mix of nationalist forces either colluding with or supporting the government in power
The party has previously blamed the government for colluding in attacks on Kurdish activists, which the government denies.
Cemalettin Hasimi, director of press and information at the prime minister’s office, told the BBC that such allegations were “a disgrace, unacceptable”.
AKP inspired mobs, with even further right groups involved, have attacked HDP offices in recent months.
Headquarter offices of the main pro-Kurdish party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which has 80 seats in parliament, were set on fire in the capital Ankara, the southern city of Alanya and more than 100 towns across the country.
There were also attacks on newspaper offices, with the headquarters of Hurriyet, one of the country’s biggest papers, surrounded by a mob chanting slogans in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They accused the paper of misquoting the president in a report on a speech which discussed the crisis.
Telegraph 9th of September.
With this background it is understandable that the Turkish left, and the HDP in particular, points the finger in President Erdoğan’s direction.
There have been, nevertheless, unconfirmed reports that the Islamic State, Daesh, has released comments referring to the deaths of “communists and atheists” in Ankara.
Suicide bombings bear all the hallmark of that organisation.
Whether the slaughter was carried out at the instigation, or complicity of the ‘moderate’ Islamists of the AKP Turkish government, or independently by the genociders of Daesh, remains to be determined.
The most important thing is for international solidarity with the families, the friends and the comrades of those struck down in this atrocity.
They are our sisters and brothers. Our loved ones.
They will not be forgotten.